Junaid Mattu makes a comeback as Srinagar’s Mayor

Junaid Azim Mattu

SRINAGAR — Amid the polling full of chaos and confusion, former Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Mayor, Junaid Mattu was yet gain elected to the chair on Monday, while the incumbent Deputy Mayor Parvez Qadri alleged the election to have been conducted against the rules to elect a Mayor of choice by the authorities.

The voting began with high drama when the Deputy Mayor Parvez Qadri objected to the conduction of polls, saying that these were held without his conduct, being the acting Mayor, which he said was in violation of Municipal Act 2000. However, the voting continued amid a high voltage drama, with his supporters raising slogans against the polling process.

Authorities had to call in police to ensure smooth conduction of polls, which concluded with the election of Junaid Mattu again as the Mayor of SMC, who had to step down from the post as a no-confidence motion moved against him had sustained on 16th of June earlier this year.

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There are a total number of 74 corporators in the corporation, out of which only 51 voted. Junaid Mattu defeated his opponent Sheikh Imran, the former Deputy Mayor with a margin of 37 votes. Mattu got 44 votes, while Sheikh Imran bagged only 07 votes.

Meanwhile, both sides accused each other of high handedness against each other.

Deputy Mayor Parvez Qadri accused Commissioner and Secretary SMC of violating Municipal Act 2000 to elect a Mayor of their choice. He said, “I was not issued any notice for the conduct of the elections, which is obligatory according to the Act.”

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“When we objected to the violation, police were brought in to attack us and I and five other corporators were forcibly dragged out the polling hall,” he said.

Junaid Mattu, on the other hand while thanking the corporators for electing him again as the city Mayor, accused the opponents for hooliganism and vandalizing the public property.

“Authorities must book those who tried to hijack the poll process and vandalize the public property and action should be taken against them,” he said.

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